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Broadcast date: Aug. 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. Eastern
Trans visibility is greater than ever. But with that increased visibility in the media can come divisive rhetoric, unintentionally offensive missteps or regressions into stereotypes or tropes. With this webinar, we’ll explain the basics of reporting on non-gender-conforming individuals, including what the “alphabet soup” means. By dissecting case studies of exceptional trans* stories, you will understand how you can avoid microaggressions and miscues, why coverage of the trans* community is important and how you can be more inclusive in your newsroom.
And the asterisk after trans*? We’ll explain that too.
You will learn:
- How to report on LGBTQIA and gender-spectrum topics, including terminology, sourcing and framing
- How to elicit support for incorporating LGBTQIA topics
- How to discover stories on LGBTQIA topics beyond hate crimes and bathroom bills
- Where to find additional resources to help you cover LGBTQIA topics
- Tips for being more inclusive in your own newsroom
Who should take this course:
Journalists who want to improve coverage of the LGBTQIA community, as well as communications professionals, academics, civic groups and anyone else that wants to be more sensitive about language and behavior.
Daniel Funke covers fact-checking, online misinformation and fake news for the International Fact-Checking Network at The Poynter Institute. He previously reported for Poynter as a Google News Lab Fellow and has worked for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When he’s not chasing down online hoaxes, the recent University of Georgia graduate can be found at your local brewery.
Alanna Dvorak is an interactive learning producer with the NewsU team, where she helps produce interactive learning materials. Prior to joining Poynter, Dvorak worked as a local reporter for the Loudoun Times-Mirror before delving into nonprofit work. Dvorak holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina (go Tar Heels) and a master’s degree in international development studies from the George Washington University.
Ashley Dye (they/them) runs and edits Coast is Queer, a section dedicated to local and national coverage of the LGBTQ community in tbt*, the weekly tabloid from the Tampa Bay Times. They also are a copy editor for the Times and a member of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists and ACES: The Society for Editing. Previously, Dye worked for Bleacher Report and The (Muncie, Ind.) Star Press.